Former mixed martial arts (UFC) champion Brazilian Charles Oliveira said that he would defeat the Russian Islam Makhachev, after which his compatriot Khabib Nurmagomedov would be able to return after his career to fight the Brazilian.
“UFC, let’s do it,” Oliveira said. “Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev in Brazil. I’ll beat Makhachev and then, who knows, maybe Khabib Nurmagomedov will resume his run to face me.” The Brazilian fighter added: “I will defeat Islam and challenge Khabib.”
Oliveira’s remarks come about two weeks after surprise caused by Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s business manager, over the possibility of the former UFC mixed martial arts champion returning to the cage again.
Abdulaziz believes that Khabib Nurmagomedov can fight New Zealand fighter Israel Adesanya, the reigning UFC MMA middleweight champion.
It is noteworthy that 32-year-old Charles Oliveira defeated American Justin Gaethje in his last fight by choke on May 7, but lost the UFC lightweight title due to being overweight.
Oliveira has his eleventh straight win and thirty-three of his professional career so far, compared to eight losses.
Meanwhile, 33-year-old Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his sudden retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje also on Saturday, October 24, 2020, in the capital of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi, as part of the UFC 254 tournament, after he scored 29 victories without defeat. .